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FULL MEMBERS 1999
Thank you for renewing your subscription as a member
for 1999. No further Renewal Forms or Shorewatch
Newsletters will be sent out to 1998 members.
However a form is available from the web site at:
Subscribers to Torpedo who wish
to receive the written material on paper in the journal Glaucus
and the Shorewatch Newsletter as a New Member can find the Application
In chronological order, the most recent events
are at the top of the page. Events
open to the public, free or for a nominal
charge only are included. Most Seminars need to be booked in advance
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
Centre covers many aspects of the coastal zone, which include coastal flora
and fauna, marine and inter-tidal archaeology, coastal defence and particularly
coastal instability issues.
The Whale Watch capital in Iceland is based at Husavik.
Sights include Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Orca, Minkes and Sei Whales,
dolphins, porpoises, plus Northern Bottle-nosed Whales.
The page for whale and dolphin spotting around Britain has not been
prepared yet. If you are interested in marine wildlife, including
marine mammals, and are planning a holiday in the UK, especially Scotland,
it is work clicking on the image "SeaProbe" and having a look at the page:
Quay Dolphin Monitoring Group, Cardigan Bay, Wales
Porpoises and Whales of the Moray Firth
Dolphins are reported from the south coast of Cornwall regularly during
the summer. The Lizard peninsula is a good vantage point.
Sumburgh Head, the southernmost trip is a regular spot for spotting
whales and dolphins as is the ferry to the islands.
For more cetacean reports click on the Shetland
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Reports of marine wildlife from all around
the British Isles, with pollution incidents and conservation initiatives
as they affect the flora and fauna of the NE Atlantic Ocean.
26 August 1999
Fishermen (6 witnesses) from Cornwall report
a large predatory shark off Padstow,
Cornwall, with a length reported of 3.6 metres (11 ft). If allowances
are made for exaggeration, it could be a Porbeagle Shark, Lamna
nasus, that attains a length of 3 metres, or a Shortfin Mako,
oxyrinchus, which could reach a length of nearly 4 metres. The Mako
is a dangerous shark although attacks on humans are rare, virtually non-existent.
Occurrences of the warm water Mako in British seas are usually recorded
in August and are rare, although they are occasionally caught in commercial
The report appeared in the Sun newspaper when
it was identified as the Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias,
which is unknown from British seas. This identification has not been
of Basking Sharks off north Cornwall
24 August 1999
An Almaco Jack,
rivoliana, was caught near the Eddystone Reef, off Plymouth, south
Devon, and brought straight to Doug Herdson at the National Aquarium, Plymouth.
It has been examined by Roger Swinfen of the MBA and Doug Herdson and they
are confident of the identification. This is only the second U.K. record
for this tropical fish native to the Caribbean. The fish was captured in
a bottom set net fishing for Pollack at 16 metres depth, 2 metres off the
Eddystone rock. Its total length was 42 cm and it weighed 980 grams. The
Amberjack, Seriola dumerili, is the member of this genus of fishes
that is most often recorded in British seas, but this warm water migrant
is extremely rare. It is a predator of smaller fishes.
Report from the National
13 August 1999
A large 180 kg (400 lb)
Xiphias gladius, was caught off the Cornish coast
and put on display at Brighton. These large fish are extremely rare off
the British coast. One was seen off the Isle of Wight a few years ago.
(this specimen may actually have been caught
further afield, e.g. Biscay, and brought in by the Newlyn boats).
11 August 1999
David Hicks and the rest of the crew on a
short voyage from Lundy to Tintagel spotted 30 to 40 Basking Sharks
over a small area approximately 12 miles NNE of Tintagel (NW Cornwall).
There were also isolated pairs 4 miles south west of Lundy.
11 August 1999
of the Sun over Cornwall c.11.11 am
Eclipse at Shoreham-by-Sea, figures (unofficial).
8 August 1999
Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, was
seen swimming in the sea off the southern end of Bressay (between the Ord
and the Bard) in the Shetland Islands by John
Tulloch this evening. It is the only the ninth
live individual to be seen in Shetland waters and was estimated to be around
150 cm (5 feet) in length.
Wildlife News Web Site (more information)
8 August 1999
mola, jumped out of the water three times, a half a mile off Kimmeridge,
Report by Peter Tinsley (Marine Awareness
Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust).
2 August 1999
A large pod of 150-200 White-sided
Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus acutus,
were seen off North Unst in the Shetland Islands, with 2 Minke Whales,
Wildlife News Web Site (includes several recent Killer Whale, Orcinus
orca, reports on this site)
1 August 1999
A single specimen of the nudibranch Tritonia
lineata was discovered by Gavin Bushell
diving alone off Porth Eilian, Isle of Anglesey, NW Wales. It was discovered
on the west side of Point Linas, over a sea bottom that had large boulders
scattered around, but generally was covered in a dense fine silt. And it
was on a patch of this silt between the boulders that the nudibranch was
discovered at a depth of 8 metres.
This species is probably not rare, but it is rarely
reported from any location other than around the islands of Skomer (SW
Wales) and Lundy (Bristol Channel). It has not been recorded intertidally,
and its infrequency of reporting by divers maybe because it inhabits silty
conditions which tend to be unpopular with divers because of their poor
visibility when the silt is churned up, and because such sites do not prove
as interesting as hard rock areas.
Nudibranch Pages (Record of Discoveries)
4 August 1999
Seven-gilled Shark, Hepranchias perlo, was caught on a Tuna
long-line set near the surface 120 miles SSW (sea depth between 100 &
200 metres) of the Isles of Scilly . This only the third record of this shark
in British waters, the other records occurring off Cornwall and southern
Ireland. The total length of the shark was 102 cm.
More information is held on this discovery.
31 July 1999
A pod of 12 Bottle-nosed
Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, are seen just 200 metres from
the shore off Worthing, West Sussex during a heatwave, when temperatures
reached 29º C. Dolphins are rarely seen off the Sussex coast.
11 July 1999
The Grey Seal
pup loses its tracking equipment.
of missing satellite tag.
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Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
The Marine Life Forum is for observations
and discussion items. The information of interest of other readers should
be EMailed to:
Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "Forum" in the title of
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Can anybody identify this nudibranch found in the seas off Scotland?
September 1998, the Sunmmer Isles. 10 mm long on a kelp blade in
No wild guesses please!
Please also send the reply to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
Anderson's Scottish nudibranch pages
by Frank Emil Moen (Dyreliv i havet) © 1999
Can anybody identify this sea anemone found in the seas off Norway?
on the flag to go to the web site
Please also send the reply to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
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The UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
by ANNEMARIE AND DANJA KÖHLER
Published by Stackpole Books,
part of Gazelle Books Tel: +44 (0)1524 68765
At first glance this looks like an exceptional book!
14 August 1999
booklet by Dr Malcolm Cornwall (University of Brighton)
Pebbles, Waves, Tides and Rockpools
This book is specially written for the younger
visitor to Brighton.
by F E Moen & E Svenson
The text is written in Norwegian, but an English
version is planned. For sample photographs go the web site below:
to sample page of the book so you can see how the text is laid out.
part time certificate in Higher Education in Marine
Biology commencing September 1999 at Nottingham
Meeting on Thursdays 19.00 to 22.00.
Assessment is by course work. The course carries
120 University credits (Level 1) which is the equivalent to the 1st year
of a degree. There are no formal entry requirements, just an interest in
the subject. The course modules will cover:
Life on the seashore
Life in the sea
The diversity of life
The animal kingdom
The ecology of the sea
Exploitation and conservation of the marine environment.
The contact for a leaflet, details, etc is Heather
Blackburn on 0115 951 3734,
or try URL= http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cont-ed.
The fees are quite high since the government removed
subsidies but reducable for low income earners.
Sue Daly produces a Creature
Feature every month on her web site.
We had orginally planned to bring this service to our members.
However, as Sue is already producing this series, I have decided to devote
my energies to producing other information.
Featured Species: Limpets
The BMLSS presented
the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate World Oceans Day on 8
A similar exhibition is planned for the year 2000.
Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House from March 2000. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
However, if you have a large selection of your
own photographs, I would suggest that you should arrange your own exhibitions
at a Local Library or similar venue. We will help to advertise the event.
Oceans Day: Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions:
This is a simple project or request to members and readers of this Bulletin.
It is to take pictures of the coast when you are next down on the shore.
Even general views have value, but ideally we would like photographs of
the shore showing the type of rock, topography and rock pools, dominant
fauna, and information that cannot be described adequately by words on
Cards. The name of the particular coast should be included and the
grid reference, if known. Print photographs can be included in Exhibitions
and on the BMLSS Web Sites and electronic publications. Electronic images
in *.JPG format can also be considered for the web site. Transparency photographs
are the best choice of film but these cannot be transferred to the web
pages at the present time, but these will be suitable in the future.
Photograph by Wayne Curtis (Sunderland)
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Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encylopaedia
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2000 SITE IS £386 PER YEAR
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